I am sharing with you today how I quilted block 5 – July Fourth. I had a lot of fun playing with another feather border with custom quilting and a rather quick to do allover quilting design.
If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sewalong hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. I plan to share along the process with some tips and tutorial.
As usual, I have two blocks made for two quilts, one and one with allover quilting. Both would be a great practice if you are looking towards improving your free-motion skill. I am still practicing myself, especially with the custom quilting. I am learning as I go too, so let’s do this together!
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Before we go into the design for this block, here are some of my favorite must-have tools for Free Motion Quilting:
- Superior Threads. I literally changed my minds about threads, when I started using this thread. And they come in big cones. which means they last longer before I have to change thread. I use an embroidery thread stand for it. You can get cheap thread stand like this one here.
3. My trusty sticky Glove. Any brand works for me, but I personally love the one that is breathable cotton like this one.
5. My large throat Janome Horizon machine of course!
However, you won’t need all of these tools to start. Just a reminder, I started with the very basic sewing machine and just a regular free motion quilting foot. And still managed to quilt a queen-size quilt. Just upgrade as you feel more confident and want to ease a couple of things that bothers you.
Quilt as you go
Quilt as you go block-by-block, is one method you could opt for when you want to make quilting large quilts on your domestic machine feasible. It is one of my go-to methods especially if I want to skip the heavy work pushing through large quilts within my machine throat space.
Besides, I love the fact that I can easily finish blocks by blocks and even have a fancy backing like this one I made earlier. If you are interested to learn how I piece the block together, here is one way how to do it – using small sashing strips.
For more ideas how to quilt a large quilt on domestic sewing machine, check out this class.
Allover Quilting Motif: Terrace Echoes
For the allover quilting, I chose terrace echo motif for this block.
I do suggest you try this pattern with pen and paper first. This will give you the idea on how the final look will be, how you are to navigate from one place to another, and how the motion is.
Start with a hollow shape and start echoing until another location where you can make another hollow shape and echo that and echo along to travel to another location and repeat.
Echoing is a great filler motif in free motion quilting. Just determine a consistent spacing between each echo lines for a uniform look.
After having the confidence practicing on paper, you can move onto free motion quilting terrace echo on scrap fabric basted with leftover battings. This is to ensure you have good tension and have a good sense of moving your quilt in the direction you want it to go. Then you can move onto quilting your block.
Here is the finished block with the echo terrace motif. I chose to do quite a large spacing in between echoes but I do believe that the motif looks better with closer echoes.
Custom free motion quilting on quilt as you go blocks
For the other quilt, each block is going to be custom quilted, which means each will be designed accordingly with the block pattern.
The benefit of using quilt as you block is that it is so much easy to maneuver with small blocks and custom quilting is made easier under the throat of domestic machine. Plus, your shoulder should thank you too!
I planned the custom quilting using Sharon Holland’s colouring page which Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell has available for download in the Intro section. I simply view them in magnified mode on my screen and crop each block into JPG on its own (You can use (shift+command+4 on Mac) or use snips in Microsoft.
I then printed the block individually and plan out the quilting with pencils. While doing it with the pencil I also plan how will I be moving the needle from one place to another.
Marking on the block for free motion quilting for quilt as you go blocks
You will need:
On the quilt block, make sure custom quilting are done within the finished block size – which means, you have to mark the 1/4″ mark from the block seams. This is to ensure that when joining the blocks together, the quilting does not get buried inside the seams.
You can also do marking for the feather spine as this will be a great guidance to free motion quilting feathers. I have been pinning lots of feathers and all kinds of quilting lately over at pinterest. Join me along over at pinterest!
This time I decided to let the feathers flow crossing the grey frame. This makes it more flexible and gives the feather a more flowy shape. Plus it is much easier as I find that feathers do require space!
Here is a video snippet of the free motion quilting done for the block. I have included tips along the way throughout the video, hoepfully that would be helpful! I currently don’t have any sounds or music with my videos – not sure whether it makes it better or worse – let me know what you think..
Well, if you decide to join along or have any question, drop me a comment. I will be happy to help where I can! In the meantime, you can also check these free motion quilting tips! I will have a feather quilting tips coming soon so stay tuned!
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Till next time, have fun sewing and quilting!